‘Hannibal’ Season 2 Poster Reveals Dr. Lecter as the Monster He Truly Is

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Mads Mikkelsen sports horns in Hannibal Hannibal Season 2 Poster Reveals Dr. Lecter as the Monster He Truly Is

Serial killer and/or crime investigation dramas are far from being in short supply on TV nowadays, yet NBC’s Hannibal has little to no trouble standing out from the rest of the crowd (The Following, Criminal Minds, etc.).

Showrunner Bryan Fuller’s take on the life and times of Dr. Hannibal “The Cannibal” Lecter – drawing from the novel Red Dragon written by Thomas Harris – uses David Lynch-ian nightmare logic in its storytelling. This not only allows the series to restore a genuine sense of pain and trauma back into onscreen deaths (even for a desensitized modern audience that’s grown accustomed to seeing nasty murders on TV) – it also lets Hannibal avoid the trend of sensationalization in the crime and/or procedural genre, which has ensnarled related shows in recent years (Dexter, looking at you).

Consider, for example, the newly-released poster for season 2 of Hannibal. Subtly may not exactly be one of its graces, even when compared to previous one-sheets and promotional images released for the show – and how they use surreal imagery and macabre colors to suggest Lecter’s devilish nature (see: Mads Mikkelsen as Dr. Lecter with his “horns” in this article’s header image).

However, assuming that you have been keeping up with the series, then you know that season 1 of Hannibal concluded with FBI “special investigator” Will Graham (Hugh Dancy) becoming more clear-headed (figuratively and literally) than ever – though, at a terrible cost to himself and those around him. In the Hannibal universe, that means Will now recognizes just who is that terrible “Dire Ravenstag” (follow him on Twitter) that’s been “following” him around of late.

See for yourself, in the Hannibal season 2 poster below (via EW):

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hannibal season 2 poster Hannibal Season 2 Poster Reveals Dr. Lecter as the Monster He Truly Is

Fuller, who helped to design the poster, said as much in his poster explanation for EW:

“After a horrifying descent into madness in season 1, this image ironically represents the perspective of a scrappier, clearer-minded Will Graham in season 2.  The scales have fallen from his eyes and he finally sees Hannibal Lecter for the monster he is.”

If Hannibal season 1 was the whirlwind romance portion of their relationship, then season 2 is what happens when the honeymoon is over for Will and Hannibal and reality about their respective partner finally starts to sink in. Fuller has spoken in the past about the dynamic between the characters – who, in a sense, represent the ego and superego in conflict with one another – and how Will, from hereon out, may be the one who is drawing Dr. Lecter to his doom (rather that vice versa).

In other words: Satan’s mask has started to fall off – but will that only make him more dangerous than ever he was before?


Hannibal season 2 begins airing on NBC in 2014.

Source: EW

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  1. I’m watching season one now. Surprised at how good and gory it is. If this show keeps up like this it will be an amazing series.

  2. I can’t wait for season 2. I didn’t think it would be as good as it was when I first started watching but as the season went on it just kept getting better. Now that Breaking Bad is gone this show could really grow on a lot of people. The fact that it’s on NBC and still does a great job is a testament to the people around the show. I think if this show was with AMC, HBO, Starz, or Showtime then it might get the following that say a Breaking Bad might get because I think it has the potential to be that great

  3. Cant wait till season 2. This is a perfect replacement for dexter

  4. Hopefully getting the season 1 Blu-ray soon. Can’t wait for the casting of Barney to be announced, and Cynthia Nixon has been confirmed for season 2.

    Now all that’s left is for MGM to pull their heads out of their asses and give them the rights to Clarice.

  5. Can’t wait for season 2. Hannibal was the second best show on TV behind GOT.

  6. Mads is awesome! Hannibal is delicious fun!

  7. Can’t wait for Season 2! Why does it have to be so far away though!

  8. Amazing show. Mads Mikkelsen is truly brilliant in his understated portrayal, and Hugh Dancy is a bag of conflicted emotions as the empathic Will Graham. My only hope is that NBC itself does not scuttle this fine show, by bad scheduling decisions and skittishness, because this show will eventually rile up every Momstormer on the planet. And on the web. And network TV fears public opinion much more than the pay services out there. Might be best for Hannibal to be picked up by HBO or Showtime, to live up to its full, qualitative potential.

    • And let us not forget, the fickle network TV viewers. Let’s hope Hannibal finds its true home, soon.

  9. Bring on special agent Clarice starling, obvisouly to early in the show just yet , but I hope to see her in a few episodes down the road as wills replacement, can’t leave her out.

    It would be nice if Jodie and Anthony Hopkins showed up in cameo parts. Treat for the fans.